The Date That Has Haunted Geordies For 57 Years!

23 January 2013 11:08
The FA Cup will fill our TV screens this weekend . and boy are we Geordies jealous as the Toon players sit twiddling their thumbs. FA Cup fourth round:

Norwich v LutonOldham v LiverpoolMacclesfield v WiganDerby v BlackburnHull v BarnsleyMiddlesbrough v AldershotMillwall v Aston VillaLeeds v TottenhamBrighton v ArsenalStoke v Manchester CityManchester United v FulhamBrentford v ChelseaReading v Sheffield UnitedHuddersfield v LeicesterQPR v MK DonsBolton v Everton

We sit it out (again!) and have a relegation battle that gets more concerning by the week.

Dark days ahead? Well it could be argued we have had "dark days" since May 7th 1955 - the last time we won a domestic trophy.


The 1955 FA Cup Final was contested by Newcastle United and Manchester City at Wembley.

Newcastle won 3–1, with goals from Jackie Milburn in the first minute (after 45 seconds, a record in a final at Wembley, a record he held until 1997), Bobby Mitchell and George Hannah. Bobby Johnstone scored City's goal.

The game was virtually decided when Man City fullback Meadows was turned inside out by the elusive and mercurial Bobby Mitchell and after 22 minutes was stretchered off with a bad leg injury.

The process of substitutions were not allowed in English football until 1967.

Newcastle were already leading and this just added to City's woes, as their much-vaunted "Revie Plan" (based on a deep-lying centre-forward in Don Revie, later to be England manager) failed to fire.

Man City had flashy tracksuits (virtually unheard-of at the time), so the game was "the Gaudies v the Geordies".

1 Ronnie Simpson2 Bobby Cowell3 Ron Batty4 Jimmy Scoular (c)5 Bob Stokoe6 Tommy Casey7 Len White8 Jackie Milburn9 Vic Keeble10 George Hannah11 Bobby Mitchell

Manager: Doug Livingstone


Source: Newcastle United Mad